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NCJ Number: 120367 Find in a Library
Title: Child Abuse and Failure to Thrive: Individual, Familial, and Environmental Characteristics
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:4  Issue:3  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:191-201
Author(s): H Dubowitz; D M Zuckerman; W G Bithoney; E H Newberger
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Similar theories of etiology have been postulated for child abuse and nonorganic failure to thrive (FTT).
Abstract: This study compared individual, familial, and environmental conditions in cases of child abuse to cases of FTT. Assessment of the mother's childhood home, supports, current living situation, attitudes toward her child, and child characteristics (such as temperament, social maturity, and complicating medical conditions) showed the groups to be remarkably alike. The major significant difference was that although both groups were poor, the abuse group was even more impoverished and lived in more crowded conditions than the families with a child with FTT. These data suggest a common etiologic context for different pediatric social illnesses and the need for a broad collaborative approach by pediatricians and colleagues in related disciplines. 3 tables and 27 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Environmental influences
Index Term(s): Child abuse causes; Children at risk; Overcrowding; Social conditions
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